Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
Someone’s Looking Over Our Shoulder
And I don’t mean God. God is, of course, aware of everything we do, but I’m thinking of someone else who is looking over Bethlehem’s shoulder.
Every year Bethlehem pays thousands of dollars and invests hours and hours of time to complete a financial audit. Corruption follows money, and so an audit is a good faith step to ensure accountability and transparency. We recently completed the annual audit cycle with LarsonAllen and received a good report—our finances and systems are stable and strong. The auditor reports that they received the full cooperation of all staff from whom they sought information.
Did you know that four sets of eyes see every reimbursement? A supervisor approves each request, our bookkeeper enters financial data in our system, our financial administrator prints the check, and our treasurer signs the check.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.